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Kaito fought a desperate struggle in order to fulfill his role as a summoned hero. He defeated the Demon Lord and saved the very world, only to meet an end filled but with betrayal. The companions that he’d trusted throughout his journey betrayed him and killed him by sticking a blade through his chest.
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It was then that he swore to himself.

He swore that, if given another chance, he would no longer so rigidly cling to the concept of “faith.”

He swore that, if given another chance, he would dedicate himself to enacting the most atrocious act of revenge possible.

He swore that, if given another chance, he would do things right.

「I’ll kill every single last one of you… I swear it…」

And so, he died, leaving behind not but a series of menacing last words — but his story had yet to end. A voice resounded through his head and informed him that there was more to his fate than what lay beyond the grave.

【The following is a system message. Tutorial Mode has been terminated.】

Associated NamesNidome no Yuusha wa Fukushuu no Michi wo Warai Ayumu. ~Maou yo, Sekai no Hanbun wo Yaru Kara Ore to Fukushuu wo Shiyou~NNYThe Hero is Walking the Second Time on the Path of Vengeance While Laughing ~ Maou, I’m Going to Give You Half of the World so Take Vengeance with Me~

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  • Achievement System: Part of the RPG Mechanicsverse, where accomplishing various feats gets recorded in one's status as a title and grants stat boosts not related to Character Level.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: So far, without exception, those in charge are selfish, greedy, corrupt bastards and bitches who will do anything and everything to better themselves, no matter how much suffering they cause to others... as long as they think they can get away with it.
  • The Atoner: In the first timeline, Kaito's naivety got many innocent people ruined or murdered by his companions. While Kaito's idealism is pretty much dead, he does feel the need to make things up to them in the second timeline.
  • Awful Truth: Kaito learns, to his horror, that the summoning ritual not only killed 200 innocent beastman slaves, but 200 of his classmates back home, just to open the dimensional portal between the two worlds. The actual transit wiped out his entire family, father, mother, siblings, and maybe a cousin or two.
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  • Birds of a Feather: Those Kaito recruits happily join him precisely because the betrayal they endured and their thirst for revenge is an eerie mirror of his own, sometimes even triggered by the same people who wronged Kaito.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: The Saint puts on a pretty good show of being a wise and kind-hearted woman, but underneath the surface, the only thing she is ever thinking about is her obsession with Kaito.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: The Merchant, who has both legitimate business interests as well as ties to criminals and a Fantastic Drug.
  • Cosmic Retcon: The story begins with the God of Earth ending "Tutorial Mode" and sending Kaito's spirit back four years, to the very moment the wound up in the summoning chamber, right in front of Princess Alesia.
  • Curse: The Saint placed Kaito under one to prevent him from using the Sword of Mortal Sin. If he tries it anyways, her magical power causes him pain, and it gives away his location to her. Even after the timeline gets reset, the curse remains active.
  • Dark Fantasy: The fantasy world in this setting fits in with some of it's dark aspects which all races acting supremacist on each other and the fantasy hero being betrayed and turn revenge. It is saying something that the closest person who is truly heroic is the supposed demon lord.
  • Demon Lords and Archdevils: Kaito was summoned to kill the demon lord. But out of everyone he considered a companion in the first timeline, she was the only one to never betray him, and in fact gave up her life for his sake.
  • Depower: When the goddess of Earth reset the timeline, Kaito also lost all of his Character Levels. Nevertheless, he remains fairly powerful due to retaining all of his techniques and the massive stat boosts he earned via the Achievement System.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Subverted. At first glance, it looks like Princess Alesia has fond memories of her deceased elder sister, and respects her parents, the yet to be named King and Queen. In reality, she only looked upon her elder sister with envy for the fact that she had a much better ability to be the oracle for "The Great Spirit" and sees her parents only as useful puppets for her own agency and rise to power. Otherwise only treating them with contempt as idiots who wouldn't know how to tie a shoelace without her "obvious genius."
    • Yumis has a disturbing Lack of Empathy for most people and used even her own half sisters as resources, but she genuinely loves her servants and parents.
  • Evil vs. Evil: The protagonist and those he recruits to be his "accomplices" on his path to vengeance are vicious, sadistic, and spiteful, caring little about anyone or anything, but those they're up against are just so much worse.
  • Fair Weather Friend: Minnalis's human father seemed to be a loving one for most of her life. But she inherited her beastman mother's race in a Fantastic Racist village. When her race was exposed, he abandoned them and let them get taken by slavers.
  • False Friend: The setup for the story. All the people Kaito believed were his companions were just playing him, from the very beginning. Once they got him to kill the Demon Lord, and save their sorry hides, they not only framed him for their own crimes, but hunted him down like an animal until they eventually managed to stab him to death, happily calling him "evil" for the Crime of Self-Defense.
  • Fantastic Racism: Up to Eleven. Not only is the kingdom he's summoned to Human Supremacist, and the Beastman Nation supposedly beast-man supremacist, but they both are supremacist towards those summoned from other worlds, to the point that they even agree to an Enemy Mine to take him down and Alesia openly calls him a useful "monster wearing human skin." In the original timeline, Kaito learned this far, far too late.
  • Frame-Up:
    • Kaito's enemies made him out to be the new demon lord and the enemy of the entire world.
    • Kaito himself frames the Merchant, making it look like he steals back every coin he spends.
  • Framing the Guilty Party: Yumis carried out human experimentation during her magic tool development. Kaito uses a summoning spell to bring her victims into her lab and makes her servants disappear, making it look like she used even them in her experiments.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Kaito notes that he would have enjoyed watching Yumis make out with her maid... if they weren't people that he absolutely detested, but as things are, it just causes him disgust.
  • God's Hands Are Tied: There was no way for the God of Earth to stop the ritual that summoned Kaito, and he's not the first, so it wasn't lack of trying. Furthermore, the God of Earth also tried various methods to ensure the survival of those summoned, none of them helped. Thus the "tutorial mode."
  • God Is Evil: If Alesia's internal monologue can be believed, the local god, "The Great Spirit" ordered her to summon Kaito, knowing what the summoning would require.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: While it has only been involved in the plot through its servants, the Great Spirit is pretty much responsible for Kaito's plight.
  • Green-Eyed Monster:
    • Minnalis and Shuria are begrudgingly willing to share Kaito with one another, but they know that he loves the demon lord more than both of them and do not want him to join up with her.
    • The Saint is a Yandere who is not willing to tolerate any other girls, or even companions in general, by Kaito's side.
    • The Warrior betrayed Kaito because he wanted to be the world's greatest hero, and as long as Kaito was alive, he would never be able to surpass him.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Kaito himself notes that he was so easily manipulated, not because his enemies were particularly good actors, but because he himself was too trusting. He is thoroughly cured of that in the second timeline.
  • Human Sacrifice: In addition to requiring a cosmic buttload of mana to activate the summoning ritual, 200 sentient beings must die in the world that does the summoning alone...
  • Karma Houdini: In the first timeline, most of Kaito's enemies got away with their crimes completely unscathed. Kaito has no intention of letting that happen in the new one.
  • Karmic Death: Part of what Kaito is aiming for to get his revenge.
    • Yumis, who betrayed Kaito and her half-sisters for the love of her parents and her maid, ends up a victim of Revenge by Proxy before getting slain by the ones she betrayed.
    • The merchant, Grond, who is obsessed with money, finds his money being made worthless by the destruction of his reputation. His fortune is then destroyed by the very same Fantastic Drug he peddled in the place Kaito chooses as his grave. His attempt to stop that from happening not only fails, but leaves him vulnerable to Kaito's Sword of Mortal Sin, causing him a Fate Worse than Death.
  • Lack of Empathy: If you aren't a member of Yumis's inner circle, then she just considers you a resource to be used in her experiments.
  • Lie to the Beholder:
    • One of Kaito's spirit swords allows himself to disguise himself as the opposite sex.
    • Minnalis is an expert in illusions to disguise one's self and was taught how to do so by her mother to hide her race from Fantastic Racists.
  • Light Is Not Good: In a fantasy perspective, the people who look like typical fantasy heroes are the villains.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Pretty much Yumis's motivation. As the only legitimate child, her parents expect her to produce an heir. Due to her love for one of her maids, she is reluctant to grant their request, but she genuinely loves them and still wants to make them proud. Her chosen solution was to make them proud in another way, by creating a magic tool that would be widely recognized. To produce this tool, she murdered countless innocent people as experimental test subjects. As a result, Kaito's revenge against her mostly consists of Revenge by Proxy.
  • Money Is Not Power: The entire reason the Merchant betrayed Kaito despite Kaito still being useful to him was a fairly petty one; He couldn't stand the fact that Kaito's greatest wish was to return home, a wish that could not be bought by money which he values above all else. Part of how Kaito gets revenge against him is by trashing his reputation with a Frame-Up until no one is willing to accept his money, making it worthless.
  • One-Man Army: In the first timeline, Kaito pretty much became one. While he is no longer the world's strongest due to the Depower of the second timeline, he remains capable of taking out entire bands of mid-level knights and mercenaries.
  • Our Souls Are Different: Combined with Our Demons Are Different and Our Angels Are Different. All the "spirits" in the story, regardless of origin, are just large, sentient masses of mana, and can be killed with the right tools and methods.
  • Power at a Price: The Sword of Mortal Sin is Kaito's strongest weapon, but it has painful drawbacks that prevent him from using it every day.
  • The Power of Hate: Drives the protagonists in this timeline.
  • Power Parasite: Yumis made a contract with a demon in order to steal the magical talent of one of her illegitimate half-sisters.
  • Reincarnation: What is widely believed to happen after one dies.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Kaito is well aware that his desire for vengeance is driven by emotion, not reason, especially once he gets the "email" in his status window left by the God of Earth that states he was sent back in time four years, and those who wronged haven't wronged him, yet. He is still proven justified in his pursuit; however, as these same individuals are indeed horrible, horrible people who commit atrocity with as much care and regularity as brushing their teeth after every meal, and couldn't be bothered to care about the consequences, as long as it serves their wants and needs. Nevertheless, since Kaito is going out of his way to give them torturous Karmic Deaths rather than quick assassinations, he is giving the enemies that know about him plenty of time to plan out how they are going to deal with him.
  • Revenge by Proxy: While Yumis herself was a monster, Kaito also slaughters her servants, most of whom were probably only guilty of being cared about by her.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: The entire point of "Tutorial Mode", resetting the timeline while leaving Kaito with his experiences from the previous timeline so that he can have a better idea of how to avoid dying this time. Likewise, the Saint retains her memories of the previous timeline. Kaito figures out a way to make his enemies remember what they did in the previous timeline so that he can have more satisfaction when he kills them.
  • RPG Mechanicsverse: Part of how the world Kaito got summoned into works. Experience Points can be used to gain Character Levels. With Character Levels, women and children can be every bit as strong as adult men. All stats can be measured in one's status screen. The relationship between Hit Points and injuries isn't direct, but Hit Points provide a measure of how much lifeforce you have left until you die. There is an Achievement System that gives bonuses for accomplishing various feats.
  • Sadist:
    • Inventing new torture methods is basically a hobby for Kaito and his party members.
    • The Princess took a great deal of pleasure in telling Kaito that everyone he ever cared about was killed by the Summon Everyman Hero spell they used to bring him there.
  • The Scapegoat:
    • The demon lord was used as one for the social discontent caused by the kingdom's crimes.
    • One of the biggest reasons Kaito was betrayed. With the demon lord dead, his enemies wanted to pin their crimes on himself.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: Kaito's main power are the spirit swords. When he accomplishes certain feats via the Achievement System, he unlocks new magic swords with new abilities that he can materialize with his Mana.
  • Stalker with a Crush: The Yandere Saint retains her memories of the first timeline and is now stalking Kaito with the help of The Church in order to make him marry her.
  • Unholy Matrimony: The ritual Kaito and his "accomplices" swear upon the aptly named Sword of Vengeance binds them together, for life. Not only do they share their targets, but one of them dies, they all die, including Kaito.
  • Weak, but Skilled: In the second timeline, Kaito no longer has any of his previous skill or Character Levels, but his technique remains at the level of perfection he brought them to last time. The Saintess retained even less of her power than Kaito, but likewise retains her technique.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Kaito receives one from someone he pitied as a fellow victim and it sinks in. While he remains willing to pursue Revenge by Proxy and inflict collateral damage to hurt his enemies, he agrees to stop killing random kingdom citizens out of Guilt by Association.
  • World of Jerkass: Good lord, where do we even begin? The main character is betrayed and murdered by the very people he saved, the princess who summoned him to begin with goes into painstaking detail on why he can never go back home, betrayal is in abundance like candy. After the main character is resurrected in a new timeline, he makes it his mission get vengeance on everyone who betrayed him, everyone being his former party members, and is willing to kill innocent people in the process. It really does say a lot when the nicest and most likable character in the story is the original Big Bad!
  • Yandere: The Saint's motive for betraying him. She couldn't accept that Kaito had feelings for the demon lord when she wanted his heart all for herself, so she helped kill him to "purify" his soul and hopefully meet him again in another life.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Invoked, and quite cruelly, by princess Alesia. After she manages to corner Kaito in the original timeline, she spells out, in precise detail the "sacrifices" the summoning ritual demanded, just to get Kaito to this new world. Even if he is somehow whisked away back to Earth, all his friends and family are already dead, having been killed by the spell. There is no mention of how Alesia knows this.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When the Demon Lord Kaito was summoned to kill sacrificed her own life to help him return home, his "allies" instantly turned on him, no longer considering him an asset, but an overly powerful nuisance to be used as a scapegoat.
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